Public Bike Share is Now Sharing Helmets Too!

Travel News — By Candice Walsh on December 16, 2011 at 7:00 am

If you’re unfamiliar with Public Bike Share, it’s a nifty sharing system set up in major cities to allow people to rent out bicycles by simply using a sort of vending machine. However, up until now, the ability to rent accompanying helmets has been nonexistent.

Engineers at SandVault (the creators of the Public Bike Share system) have actually come up with a genius way to integrate a helmet dispensing system, despite many companies having failed to do so in the past.

Here’s how it works: you rent a helmet from the unattended kiosk for about $1, and then when you return the helmet, it’s sanitized and “recycled” for the next customer (or you can just purchase the helmet as a keepsake). That’s it, just two easy steps. No idea how the helmet is cleaned, exactly, but we have faith.

Helmet usage largely varies per city, but according to Sandvault, many cities have already requested the helmet option for their bike sharing systems – including Mexico City which actually had to loosen it’s helmet laws to accommodate for bike sharing.

Photo: slettvet/Flickr

SandVault said the HelmetShare concept, designed to be used as part of a Public Bike Share system, will allow returning riders to either drop off the used helmet or purchase and keep it. And since they’re working with Predator Helmets to create a totally sweet design, we have a feeling most people will have no problem wearing them.

Tags: bike share, cycling, helmet share, PUblic bike share

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